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Jaylin Williams Puts The Team First

Arkansas Razorback forward Jaylin Williams is a team player. If anyone not familiar with Williams were to watch his last 5 games, they would be impressed. To say that Williams is on a tear the last 5 games would be an understatement. In those last 5 games, Williams is averaging 11.8 points and 10.6 rebounds. The sophomore out of Ft. Smith Northside was the 2020 Gatorade Arkansas HS Player of the Year.

In Williams’ most recent game, a 75-59 win over South Carolina, he scored a career-high 19 points with 9 rebounds. In a road win at LSU, Williams made two huge, critical plays late in the game to ensure the win. First, Williams knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key. On the very next possession, Williams took a charge on the baseline. A late-game turnover that proved deadly for LSU.

Speaking of taking a charge, that’s something Williams does extremely well. He has a real knack for putting himself in a position to take the charge. It seems like every game this season Williams has done this 2 or 3 times. Taking a charge is not going to be featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter, yet it is a very important aspect of playing team defense. Taking charges is also a very unselfish thing to do for your team.

Speaking of being unselfish, that’s Jaylin Williams. Any one of his teammates will say that Jaylin plays unselfishly. On offense, he is always looking to pass. At 6’10’ Williams sees the floor very well. He’s always looking to get his teammates involved offensively. Williams has 57 assists so far this season. Jaylin handles business off the court too, excelling in the classroom. Last year as a freshman, Williams made the SEC academic honor roll team.

Razorback assistant coach Gus Argenal said “he’s such an unselfish teammate. He walks into practice trying to be great. I think his teammates want him to succeed. He’s extremely confident. This is the most confident I’ve seen him. For us, that’s a great thing.” One more stat on Williams, he leads the NCAA in free throws made with 57.

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